JAMES BERRY TOP PAPER AWARD: Parent Interaction Between an Infant with a Cochlear Implant and Additional Disabilities: How Interaction is Affected Due to Stress and Difficulty of Communication

Lillian Southern Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Tonya Bergeson-Dana Butler University
Pediatric hearing loss has many spoken language learning issues that could contribute to maternal and paternal stress. Moreover, additional disabilities are likely to increase that stress, which could have cascading effects on mother- and father-child interactions. The purpose of the study was to examine interactions between mother- and father-child dyads with and without hearing loss and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cytomegalovirus (CMV), and global delay. Recordings of the parents speaking with six infants in the study were analyzed: an infant with cochlear implants and ASD (low socioeconomic status, SES), two infants with cochlear implants and normal development (high SES and low SES), one infant with a cochlear implant and CMV (average SES), one infant with a cochlear implant and global delay (average SES), and one infant who was typically developing (high SES). After analyzing the results for communication measures, such as vocalization attempts, turn-taking in utterances, mean-length of utterances, and type-token ratio, it was concluded that maternal and paternal interaction was not negatively affected due to the stress and difficulty of the hearing loss and additional disability alone, but rather due to a combination of factors, including the disability, SES, maternal and paternal education, and the home environment.
Competitive Paper--All Disciplines (includes an Oral Presentation)
Competitive Paper (includes an Oral Presentation)

When & Where

01:30 PM
Pharmacy & Health Sciences 150